Canadian mezzo-soprano Aidan Ferguson makes her debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Dryad in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
Aidan is an alumna of L’Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier lyrique and appeared for the company twice in the 2012-2013 sesason, first to sing Flora in La traviata, and most recently as Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking. On the concert stage she performed in Edmonton in Mozart’s Requiem with Pro Coro Canada and made her Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut as Carmela in La vida breve conducted by Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos. She was the soloist for Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires with the Lanaudière Music Festival in July 2013.
In fall 2013 Aidan traveled to Europe to participate in the Opernwerkstatt program in Switzerland and do an audition tour across Europe thanks to the support of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. December 2013 sees her début with the Victoria Symphony as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and with the Edmonton Symphony as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
Ms. Ferguson has toured with L’Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; further career highlights include performances with Alberta Baroque ensemble, singing Donna Elvira in Tel Aviv, with the International Vocal Arts institute, and performing Brahms' Liebeslieder at Rideau Hall. At L’Opéra de Montréal she was featured as La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Giovanna (Rigoletto), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Second Nymph (Rusalka), as well as The Secretary in l'atelier lyrique’s production of The Consul. Other role highlights include Maddy (Three Decembers), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), La Marquise (La fille du Régiment), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) and Zenobia (Radamisto).
Aidan received both her undergraduate and master's degrees from McGill University. Scholarships and awards from McGill included the Helene Hall Prize, the Remembering Dixie Scholarship, a Recruitment Excellence Fellowship, the Laurie Slapcoff Award, the Margaret Kalil Award and a Schulich Scholarshilp. In 2008, she won the Grand Prize in the Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discoveries Competition and was a soloist in Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Society. Other awards include the Galaxie Rising Star Award, the Winspear Fund Scholarship for Advanced Classical Music. She was also a Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. Aidan is also extremely grateful for the continued support of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.
I was most impressed by Edmonton mezzo Aidan Ferguson as the Marquise of Birkenfeld. Her spoken French diction and meter were remarkable, and she sang with a clear legato, leaving me wanting more.
Wah Keung Chan, Montreal Gazette, August 25, 2010